Top Gear runs Heathrow Airport for a day
Another classic from 20 years of TG mag: the time we took an Aventador to our biggest airport...
Posted: 24 Oct 2013
This might sound like fun. But just three days after we leave, a British Airways flight reports a problem and lands a few minutes after take-off. As soon as it screeches on the runway, the Panthers are speeding alongside, heat-seeking cameras searching for hotspots. The chief talks directly to the pilot, who angles his aircraft so the wind blows smoke away from passengers, who escape down evacuation chutes. One runway is shut for an hour, and about 200 flights are cancelled that afternoon. With around 1,200 flights every day - that's a take-off or landing every 45 seconds - it shows that these guys can't let their guard down for a moment.